The El Paso P.E.O., a philanthropic education organization, celebrated its 150th anniversary at its annual Founder’s Day event Thursday at Coronado Country Club.

The speaker was Albert Leffler, co-founder of Ticketmaster.

P.E.O. is the second oldest national women’s fraternity in the United States. The El Paso chapter, led by council President Mary Jo Melby, has about 200 members. Melby’s great-grandmother, Mary Florence Cowell, organized the first chapter in Texas in 1902 in Whitesboro.

With about 6,000 chapters in the United States, P.E.O. has raised more than $300 million since 1869 and supports many philanthropies and programs.


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